Baltray Standing Stones tour Sunday 13th August 2023

An overview of the archaeology, astronomical alignment and mythology and folklore of the standing stones at Baltray

Cost:

$7.00 – $34.00 per person

Duration:

1h 30min

About this experience

There is a pair of standing stones hidden away in a field overlooking the Irish Sea in the village of Baltray, County Louth. It was here, back in 1999, that Michael Byrne, Richard Moore and Anthony Murphy discovered that the larger of the two stones has a special alignment with the island of Rockabill out at sea.


Hear Anthony Murphy, co-discoverer, explain the significance of the Baltray standing stones, and describe how the winter solstice sunrise alignment was discovered 24 years ago. How are the Baltray standing stones connected with Newgrange? And with Fourknocks? Hear these questions answered and more.


Anthony has secured the permission of the landowner to access the stones for this tour. This pair of standing stones, which are off the beaten track, are very important in the story of the Boyne Valley in prehistory. Hear more by booking a place on the tour.


Little Terns


A contribution from the proceeds of this tour will be donated to the Baltray Little Terns Conservation Scheme, which is a voluntary project that protects the nesting sites of Little Terns on a 1.5km area of Baltray beach.


When:


Sunday 13th August at 2.30pm.


Where:


Meet at the car park beside the 19th Bar, Baltray. (Eircode: A92 H228).


Bring:


Bring wellies or hiking shoes. The stones are in a field of pasture/grass. Although we won't have to walk far (about 400 metres) to get to the stones, because of all the rain lately it might be advisable to bring footwear that won't allow your feet to get wet!


 

Your Host

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Anthony Murphy has been leading tours of the monuments and landscapes of Ireland's Ancient East for the past 15 years. He gives regular public tours as well as leading private groups through the Boyne Valley landscape. He is the author of nine books about the myths and monuments of Ireland's eastern region. He has appeared on National Geographic, Discovery Science, The History Channel, Channel 4, Channel 5, BBC and RTÉ as an expert on the mythology, archaeology and history of the area.